Experimental Development and Design of Low Reynolds Number Airfoils for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) provide a cost-effective and low-risk airborne platform for scientific and surveillance equipment. Due to the variety of instrumentation that they can carry, UAVs have enormous potential for use in a range of commercial and military sectors. However, their small size and low speed brings about aerodynamic challenges that are not present on larger aircraft. The goal of this project is to better understand these unique phenomena at a fundamental level in order to develop practical engineering solutions that will improve performance of UAVs.

Visual Mapping and Monitoring of High Value Resources using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

PrecisionHawk is a company leading the development and application of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in the mapping, resource management and service industries, particularly in precise, high-density mapping and monitoring of valuable assets and resources. Typically, due to their weight and size, UAVs are used as simple data gathering tools where data is post-processed on high-power hardware. Such practices often conceal issues with coverage and quality, and limits applications of repeat mapping and faster turnaround that are critical to the value this technology provides.

Designing an Autonomous Manipulator Controller for Zero-G Repair Tasks

Currently, when man-made objects in orbit around the Earth need to be disassembled or repaired, a humancontrolled robotic manipulator is used. The object in question is often not designed to be modified in this manner, and only 1 in 4 human operators at MDA (the partner organization) are able to successfully complete these notoriously challenging tasks. The goal of the proposed project is to design a computer program to learn from the successful human operators with the end result being a novel artificial intelligence that can perform these repairs autonomously, i.e.

Strength and durability testing for the doors and drawers of furniture and home appliances

This proposed research aims to test durability of doors of furniture and home appliances as well as drawers of the earlier by using robot manipulator to evaluate the quality and life-cycle of these products. Durability testing allows manufacturers to ensure product quality according to industry standards which gives them competitive edge through value-added brands. It also boosts their confidence on the aptness of their product, which in turn minimizes the chances of returned-products.

Evolving a Sub-Arcsecond Star Tracker

In this project we will evolve the design of the Sinclair Interplanetary (SI) ST-16 small satellite star tracker (SSST). With this redesign we wish to improve the sensor accuracy by an order of magnitude, while maintaining a slew tolerance of up to 1 deg/sec, with >99% availability.. For clarity, in this proposal we will refer to the improved star tracker design as the ST-20. The new design will feature improvements to the sensors optics, sensor processing algorithms, and calibration and focusing procedures.

"Evolving a Sub-Arcsecond Star Tracker Year Two *Renewal, previous title ""Evolving a Sub-Arcsecond Star Tracker"""

In concert with Sinclair Interplanetary (SI), we are proposing a MITACS Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship for Mr. Tom Dzamba under the supervision of Prof. John Enright, a researcher at Ryerson University. In the course of this fellowship, Mr. Dzamba will lead the redevelopment of the SI ST-16 star tracker in order to improve its measurement accuracy by a factor of ten. The ST-16 is a small instrument that allows a spacecraft to make precise measurements of its own orientation. Dr. Enright and Mr.

Lightweight Composite Consoles for Aerospace Applications

Lightweight Composite Consoles for Aerospace Applications: Carbon fiber composites used in aerospace applications are subjected to harsh environments while in service. In particular, structural components are often exposed to oils, fuels and hydraulic fluids. Over time, these contaminants may affect the material properties of the composites and thus, the mechanical behavior of the components. This project will investigate the effect of various contaminants and combined stress environments on composite materials used in aerospace applications.

CFD Analysis of the Microsys Cold Gas Inflation System

Microsys is a Mississauga company that designs and sells specialized test equipment to airbag manufacturers worldwide. The Cold Gas Inflation System (CGS) allows these manufacturers to test the inflation characteristics of airbag systems in a simple, safe, and inexpensive manner. The CGS involves the rapid discharge of a compressed gas, which the company would like to better understand, in order to further develop this system.

CFD simulation of a gas turbine combustor

The work to be conducted in this internship consists of the transient numerical modeling of a combustion device using commercial computational fluid dynamics (CFD) codes. Validation of the various sub-models is required and once the final model is complete various design changes can be researched. The model will allow for variations in geometry, spray and

Control of grid-connected converters for electric vehicle distributed generation application

A hi-directional converter is proposed to implement the integration of electric vehicle to the grid and household electric system. The proposed converter has two stages: a grid-connected convener. and a dc/de converter. The grid-connected converter can operate in three modes. The first of which is a battery charger. The grid-connected wi II control the power factor to unity and regulate the de bus voltage and control the input current harmonics to be low.